BHCHP Blog: A View from the Bridge

Welcome to BHCHP's blog, A View from the Bridge! This is a place for us to share our work with you, our supporters, partners, neighbors and friends. Check back often for stories and updates from our patients, staff, volunteers, donors, supporters and partners, or subscribe via email below.

On Election Day, Massachusetts will vote on discrimination protection for transgender people. Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program supports a “YES” vote on Ballot Question 3 which keeps our current law protecting transgender people from discrimination in public places.

When you picture a psychiatrist’s office, what do you see? If you ask Dr. Eileen Reilly, an esteemed psychiatrist and beloved member of BHCHP’s Street Team, she’d say a park bench or a coffee shop would work just fine for her patient visits.

In 2017, BHCHP was happy to host over 50 health fairs for our 11,000+ patients, because we want to ensure that our medical and behavioral health care services reach as many individuals and families experiencing homelessness as possible.

Six years ago John arrived at our program, newly in recovery, and with a complicated mix of life-threatening medical problems and 27 severely decayed teeth. Today, thanks to his BHCHP caregivers, his chronic illnesses are expertly managed, he is receiving ongoing treatment for his depression and anxiety and he smiles easily thanks to Bessy and the rest of the BHCHP Dental Team.

We are thrilled to announce that our 13th Annual Sox for Socks weekend will take place at Fenway Park Friday, June 22nd - Sunday, June 24th, 2018. If you plan to attend a game that weekend, please consider bringing new, white socks to any gate at Fenway Park. Look for the Sox for Socks volunteers just inside the gate!

Heading into their third year, the Emerging Leaders Board is busier than ever! Made up of 21 young professionals who are committed to supporting BHCHP’s mission, the board participates in a variety of volunteer opportunities and fundraising activities.

We started HER Saturday because of a need in the community – to provide a safe, inviting space for women experiencing homelessness where they could consistently come to connect to care and build trusting relationships.

Last year, Medical Director Denise De Las Nueces, MD, spoke to federal public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta about BHCHP’s very successful response to last year’s outbreak of meningococcal disease, a potentially deadly bacterial infection among homeless shelter guests.

by Jessie M. Gaeta, MD; Melanie Racine, MPH.

These guidelines, developed by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission and its needle exchange program, AHOPE, are intended to increase the preparedness of people in congregate housing and shelters to respond safely and effectively to opioid overdoses.

We are entering the height of the flu season, which means that cases of flu are on the rise. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Here are some helpful tips to keep you healthy during flu season.